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by dal-t
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Securing supplies of track components
Replies: 31
Views: 4846

Re: Securing supplies of track components

Really missing that "hear, hear!" button again ...
by dal-t
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 932
Views: 103287

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

I found the usual reason for that with my EM stock was the wheels being fine wrt btb, but not centred on the axle, so the vehicle was trying to 'crab' on straight track, and one or other axle took off at a crossing. I haven't found it such a problem with P4, perhaps because the wheels are nearer the...
by dal-t
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: London Road Models new LNER/GNR loco kits
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Re: London Road Models new LNER/GNR loco kits

Hmm, that link doesn't seem to work for me. On the other hand I get on fine with this one.
by dal-t
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Tank Wagon Vac Brake Plumbing: Advice Please
Replies: 2
Views: 644

Re: Tank Wagon Vac Brake Plumbing: Advice Please

Perrrfect - VMT! I have, of course, perused that thread many times (leading me to purchase several of Paul Bartlett's excellent photos) but I hadn't picked up on that detail previously. The odd thing is, I reckon I've just consigned something that might well do as that "distribution fitting&quo...
by dal-t
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Tank Wagon Vac Brake Plumbing: Advice Please
Replies: 2
Views: 644

Tank Wagon Vac Brake Plumbing: Advice Please

By some rather foolish mis-planning, I'm currently fighting my way through a Masokits vac braked chassis for one of three Airfix/Dapol Tank Wagon kits (the others are being finished as OO 'out of the bag' and EM 'finescaled a bit', so they don't concern us here). I'm actually quite enjoying getting ...
by dal-t
Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: SR Couplings for non-corridor coaches
Replies: 26
Views: 2967

Re: SR Couplings for non-corridor coaches

Just to make sure we are getting it all right - and to do the British Army justice, whether it deserves it or not - the School at Hythe actually adopted the title 'Small Arms' in 1929, and even when it was the School of Musketry, its badge was actually crossed rifles!
by dal-t
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Slow TV
Replies: 9
Views: 1841

Re: Slow TV

"The right tool for the job halves the time it takes" - not sure where I first heard that (possibly from my uncle, an ex-Halton Apprentice), but I reckon it seriously understates the case. Unorganised bodgers like me who regularly use a hammer as an englischer Schraubenzieher probably end ...
by dal-t
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: RobM
Topic: Where will this lead......
Replies: 154
Views: 19718

Re: Where will this lead......

Thought my original idea that it was a North Sea oil rig offered more possibilities - think of all the weather problems they would have avoided if resupply had been by submarine railway ...
by dal-t
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Lampeter Station question
Replies: 19
Views: 3171

Re: Lampeter Station question

Could it be a remnant of the round wooden object shown in the autotrain photo (wagon t/t top, maybe?)? Did the track layout change at some point rendering one or more t/ts obsolete (would actually be unusual if it didn't ...)? BTW, to me the lateral alignment of the siding looks wrong for a bufferst...
by dal-t
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: iak
Topic: Wagons full of rubbish...
Replies: 20
Views: 5089

Re: Wagons full of rubbish...

No good on safari There was one a week or so ago but the latest update (installed here yesterday) may have dished it. Despite being a dedicated Apple user I only break into safari when I find something Firefox really can't do (much rarer these days than a few years ago) so can't provide the details...
by dal-t
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 51143

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

There's really no need for that, Knuckles, there are ways around the Photobucket situation. I've just zipped through the entire thread and i don't think there are any photos I can't see (certainly no placeholders with the Photobucket ransom demand). Hint - look for an add-on to your browser ...
by dal-t
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 196
Views: 34080

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Jol Thanks for the 'encouragement', I might at least take another look at the actual etch - although, if Jeremy isn't too pissed of with us for hijacking his thread, I'd still be very interested should an updated supplement became available (I understand the 7mm version has been greatly 'improved')....
by dal-t
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 70594

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Like most products from that producer, "Ballast Bond" seems absurdly expensive. If you want to dry ballast (and I'm certainly tempted by the technique) cascamite from your local Jewsons, ground up finer if you think necessary, seems a lot more cost-effective.
by dal-t
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 196
Views: 34080

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Jol, I've an original Blacksmiths kit at the bottom of my stash. The reason it's there - just beneath some Keil Kraft road vehicle kits which I really must dig out and complete sometime soon - is that I've repeatedly read it is 'unbuildable'. I've also heard that if built it's impossible to get runn...
by dal-t
Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 196
Views: 34080

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

And the LNWR one?
by dal-t
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 257
Views: 31283

Re: Crab Comet conversion

' Interestingly, having got the crab working fine, it has been put to a one side for a bit too long. Strangely, I had it out on someone else's layout and it was very sticky going forwards but fine working backwards. What is really odd is that getting it home and it is fine again - I can't fathom it...
by dal-t
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 932
Views: 103287

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

The 'contraption' by the entrance appears to be a 'stood up' sack barrow. The curved supporting struts are quite unlike the LMS standard (which was based on a LNWR design) but I'm guessing it was maybe a MR style?
by dal-t
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bachmann fruit van
Replies: 4
Views: 1027

Re: Bachmann fruit van

Seems really silly to put an over-wide body on a 'narrow gauge' underframe, there must be a reason for it. I can't see that the injection moulding process should cause it, and with a dearth of pre-school modellers even in OO it surely can't be "little fingers need something chunky to get hold o...
by dal-t
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: jon price
Topic: Populating Connah's Quay
Replies: 7
Views: 1279

Re: Populating Connah's Quay

Not 'inessential' at all. It's the miniature population (and all the 'odds & ends' of scenic detail) that brings any model to life. I think it is an excellent idea to have at least some of these ready as more basic construction proceeds - whether it is the Guard who is going to hang on to the ve...
by dal-t
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 932
Views: 103287

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

Excellent photos which demonstrate just how slow exposures had to be to get the exceptional detail possible from monochrome emulsion on hard plates; even the speed of a slow freight moving diagonally across the shot has produced significant motion blur. Fascinating van at the fifth vehicle in the se...
by dal-t
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Iron Minks
Replies: 14
Views: 2858

Re: Iron Minks

I never mask 'raw' paint, always apply Klear first. Likewise always Klear over the tape before spraying the new colour. Combined with rubbing the tape edge down firmly with a cocktail stick that should make both runs and lifts things of the past.
by dal-t
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 19381

Re: Scaleforum 2017

Dead easy - no real layout is ever 'complete'! ;)
by dal-t
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 247
Views: 56352

Re: The Burford Branch

Cotton has its own problems, particularly an insistence on maintaining unrealistic kinks that seem to defy 'scale' gravity. For working cranes I try to get as much weight as possible into the hook to stretch the rope (easier if it is attached to a moving pulley block, preferably two-reeve) but for t...
by dal-t
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 56
Views: 12649

Re: Queensbridge Road Wharf

I'll see if I can find some foam locally and do some experiments. You may be in for a slight shock/disappointment, Gareth. It does seem that UK prices for foamboard are particularly attractive. I don't know what it's like Stateside, but ici sur le continent it costs three or four times (or more!) U...

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